Have you been following this amazing Splendid Sampler quilt-a-long? There's something for everyone, that's for sure. I still shrug my shoulders when I try to figure out how I was lucky enough to be invited to design a block for this epic venture by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Well done, ladies! My hat is off to you.
I was asked to design a block for the "embroidery" category. Perfect. I love any excuse to pull out my boxes of floss. But I was mindful that not everyone will be embroidering their blocks. So I came up with something that would look equally nice with or without stitchery. (How about using an interesting stripe to replace the embroidery?)
My "splendid" thing is a wishful garden. If you've followed me for a while, you'll know that the few times I've mentioned gardening are usually to lament over my disappointing failures in the horticulture department. I live in Zone 3. If you're not familiar with climate zones, 0 is the arctic circle, so I'm not very far south from that! LOL! Anyhow, my beloved English cottage garden is pretty much impossible here. I was getting sorta good at growing things for a little while, but then I became a mom and ... well ... gardening will forever take a back seat to my family and sewing ;).
However, I can stitch up rows of flowers in no time that will forever be in bloom (and will never need to be weeded)! I went a little old school here with some traditional crazy quilt stitching, but I like how they look less crazy, more orderly in four straight rows. And what a lovely thought to have a strawberry patch at the end of every garden path.
I hope you enjoy making this block, with or without embroidery.